It looks like the cast of Fargo are out of a job after confirmation that the show’s second series will be a prequel, set in 1979 and following Keith Carradine’s character, Lou Solverson.
Just days after the new run of episodes was given the official green light by FX, show creator Noah Hawley has revealed the follow-up series will feature a 33-year-old version of Solverson, a cop recently returned from fighting in the Vietnam war.
You may remember a string of cryptic references to Solverson’s 1979 case in Sioux Falls dotted throughout the first series – well, surprise surprise, that’s the very mystery we’ll be dealing with during the next 10 episodes. “He thought he left the war behind but he came back and here it is, it’s domestic,” teased writer and producer Hawley at the Television Critics Association’s press tour.
“We will meet Molly’s mother and we may learn what happened to her. Ben Schmidt [Peter Breitmayer’s series one police lieutenant] will factor in there somewhere… There were a lot of clues left in the first season and we’ll do our best to hit those.”
However, series one leads Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton are – for obvious reasons – not returning. Nor is Fargo’s break-out star Allison Tolman, although her character Molly will make an appearance as a child. “I spoke to Allison Tolman this morning and told her that unless she can channel her four-year-old self, we wouldn’t be able to have her in season two,” joked Hawley.
Instead, the story will be set in Sioux Falls, Luverne and Fargo with filming set to take place in Calgary, Alberta between January and May next year before a return to US screens next autumn. But don’t expect the same snowy landscapes of season one… “I think going forward it would be fun to start in a wintry environment and change over the course of the season. That region is a character in the show. That’s part of the personality.”
There will also be a shift in tone for the series return. Citing the first season’s inspiration as Fargo, No Country for Old Men and A Serious Man, Hawley confirmed, “this year we are in Fargo, Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There.”
“Let the internet speculation begin,” he joked.
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